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Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment | Health Facilities

Emergency Preparedness Tools for Long Term Care and Assisted Living Residences


This page has been developed to assist staff in nursing homes and assisted living residences to  prepare and maintain your emergency plans.


We hope that you will use these resources when planning for, responding to and recovering from any incident in your community. We encourage you to review the regulations specific to your facility type, so that your plan will meet the necessary requirements for Colorado.


The emergency operations plan template word document will assist you in formatting an emergency plan or customizing your existing plan. (You are not required to use this template.) Refer to the valuable resources below to tailor the plan for your community. These include standard operating guidelines, sample documents and forms, regulations, resources, other useful links and more.


All of these resources have been compiled in a toolkit, Tools for Emergency Planning and Management 


We will continue to seek out and provide new and updated resources as they become available.


 If you have questions about these resources or the planning process please contact:



Health Facilities and Emergency Medical Services Division, Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment



Office of Emergency Preparedness and Response, Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment



Using the excel spread sheet and the instructions in this document, you will determine your community's hazards.




This document contains standard operating guidelines for 28 different types of incidents, from avalanches to workplace violence. Please refer to them when you are preparing your plan.


Standard Operating Guidelines pdf file

In 2003, President Bush directed the Secretary of Homeland Security to develop and administer a National Incident Management System (NIMS). NIMS establishes standardized incident management processes, protocols, and procedures that all responders -- Federal, state, tribal, and local -- use to coordinate and conduct response actions.  With responders using the same standardized procedures, they will all share a common focus, and will be able to place full emphasis on incident management when a homeland security incident occurs -- whether terrorism or natural disaster.  In addition, national preparedness and readiness in responding to and recovering from an incident is enhanced since all of the Nation's emergency teams and authorities are using a common language and set of procedures.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) offers free trainings on the National Incident Management Systems (NIMS) and the Incident Command System (ICS). For starters, we strongly encourage providers to take advantage of the following trainings, so you can work more cooperatively with your state and local partners during emergency situations.


Please visit http://training.fema.gov/is/nims.asp to see more training options.


Introduction to NIMS/ICS for Long Term Care pdf file

Powerpoint on Nims/ICS for LTC and ALRs powerpoint presentation

ICS Forms for Long Term Care pdf file

These documents contain additional valuable information, tips and links to additional resources.


For a list of all county emergency management websites, offices and 24 hour telephone numbers, emails and sms/txt alert systems in Colorado, please visit  http://www.coemergency.com/p/local-info-sources.html. To best stay informed before, during and after a disaster you are encouraged to monitor a number of information sources, including systems such as local emergency services websites, warning sirens, sms/txt alert systems, local/national media outlets, and local government sources. This page is designed to work on smartphones as well, so bookmark it... just in case.

General Tips for Developing EOP for ALRs pdf file

Writing Guide for Memorandum of Understanding pdf file

Making Decisions on Emergency Generators pdf file

Links to Additional Resources on All Hazard Preparedness pdf file

Alternative MedCare Sites Select excel spreadsheet